...ancient dance. Its pulse comes from the Four Corners area, out of the four sacred mountains of Northern Arizona. Dancers are the sacred Apache Ga’an, mountain spirits, crown dancers. They protect the tribe, moving with the wind, driving away evil and disease. The power of their headpieces–crowns slatted with circles and crosses, painted with symbols of strength–enable their bearers not to represent the Ga’an mountain spirits but to become them. The cross is not a Christian symbol....

...ancient dance. Its pulse comes from the Four Corners area, out of the four sacred mountains of Northern Arizona. Dancers are the sacred Apache Ga’an, mountain spirits, crown dancers. They protect the tribe, moving with the wind, driving away evil and disease. The power of their headpieces–crowns slatted with circles and crosses, painted with symbols of strength–enable their bearers not to represent the Ga’an mountain spirits but to become them. The cross is not a Christian symbol....

This is a group of some very famous Apache Scouts:  1) Astoyeh, 2) No'stle, 3) No-tolch, 4) Coonie, 5) Martine, 6) Cherlie, 7) Tsedekizen, 8) Unknown, 9) Gon-altis, 10) Mickey Free, 11) Kayitah, 12) Chato, 13) Dutchy

This is a group of some very famous Apache Scouts: 1) Astoyeh, 2) No'stle, 3) No-tolch, 4) Coonie, 5) Martine, 6) Cherlie, 7) Tsedekizen, 8) Unknown, 9) Gon-altis, 10) Mickey Free, 11) Kayitah, 12) Chato, 13) Dutchy

And p.s. They killed each other all the time over land wars.  White guys didn't invent scalping...although they were prized victims.  And yeah, I've got native American in my blood.  I just don't have a stick up my rear over it.

And p.s. They killed each other all the time over land wars. White guys didn't invent scalping...although they were prized victims. And yeah, I've got native American in my blood. I just don't have a stick up my rear over it.

Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer

Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer

White Wolf: Chiricahua, Mescaleros set to celebrate 100 years of Chiricahua's autonomy

White Wolf: Chiricahua, Mescaleros set to celebrate 100 years of Chiricahua's autonomy

Naiche on far left, Perico in middle and Geronimo on the right.

Naiche on far left, Perico in middle and Geronimo on the right.

White Mountain Apache men employed as Scouts by the U.S. Army, including Alchesay (front row, in the center) - circa 1890:

White Mountain Apache men employed as Scouts by the U.S. Army, including Alchesay (front row, in the center) - circa 1890:

@ Goyakhla-Kas-tziden Chiricahua Apache

@ Goyakhla-Kas-tziden Chiricahua Apache

Lena Geronimo, daughter of Geronimo

Lena Geronimo, daughter of Geronimo

Historic Iroquois and Wabanaki Beadwork: Iroquois Regalia During the 18th and 19th Centuries

Historic Iroquois and Wabanaki Beadwork: Iroquois Regalia During the 18th and 19th Centuries

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